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>> they look very excited about it. >> a lot going over there. >> thanks for watching. "nightly news" is next. see you here at 6:00. for both record-breaking day for vaccinations more than four-and-a-half million americans got a shot yesterday but there's a big challenge in the days ahead. the supply of johnson & johnson vaccine is about to plunge. covid cases are rising in michigan. the governor there pleading for extra vaccines to be rushed to her state the prosecution expected trest their case against derek chauvin as soon as tomorrow, how the defense team plans to counter. calls for action after the release of this video a uniformed army officer being pepper sprayed by police in virginia >> i'm actively serving this country, and this is how you're going to treat me? >> the governor demanding an investigation.
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another eruption at this volcano in the caribbean, ash covering the entire island of st. vincent. the cruise ships there to help evacuate nbc news exclusive the congressman barricaded in the house chamber during the january 6th attack speaking out for the first time about the trauma and his mental health struggle since. and a family's honor. why this salute between two marines was exceptional. this is "nbc nightly news" with kate snow. >> good evening. let's start with the good news. the pace of vaccinations in this country is picking up. on saturday alone, 1.5% of the entire u.s. population got a covid shot that brings the total number of fully vaccinated americans to 71 million. but as the result of human error at a plant, supplies of the johnson & johnson vaccine are about to drop significantly right now 31 states
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are seeing a rise in covid cases. one governor sounding the alarm. we begin tonight with gadi schwartz. >> reporter: at vaccination sites across the country, more than 4.6 million doses in a single day, shattering last saturday's record by over 5 hundred thousand >> feels good. >> reporter: today more than 1 in 4 adults are fully vaccinated but in places like michigan, now the epicenter of the virus, covid-19 is spreading faster than it has in months with the more contagious variant of covid-19 infecting thousands. many hospitals nearing capacity. >> at trinity health, we have about 33 people on ventilators right now related to covid. >> reporter: the governor asking the white house to prioritize them for vaccines. >> we are seeing a surge in michigan, despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place, mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home. we've asked ou state for a two-week
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pause, and that's precisely why we're encouraging them to think about surgin vaccines to the state of michigan. and i'm going to continue to fight for the people of michigan >> reporter: some health experts worry that if unchecked hot spots could increase the chances of new variants. >> if we don't reach that herd immunity, the virus is going t continue to mutate and we may eventually end up with a variant in united states and michigan that won't be as responsive to the vaccine. >> reporter: but the white house is sticking to its plan of allocating vaccines according to population. >> now is not the time to change course on vaccine allocation. >> reporter: while the amount of overall vaccine supply is expected to drop this week after production problems with millions of doses from johnson & johnson, so far nearly 50% of u.s. adults have received at least one dose. but even among those partially vaccinated, grim reminders of the virus's danger this weekend a twitter account dedicated to the faces of covid paying tribute to a woman named becky who died just a week away from
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getting her second covid vaccine shot >> so sad. gadi, do we know what's driving the spread in michigan >> reporter: kate, it appears to be coming from a much younger population, not just in michigan but in places also like florida where the more contagious uk variant is spreading quickly michigan's governor is asking schools that resumed in-class learning to go back to virtual until this surge can get under control. kate >> all right gadi schwartz, thank you. and make a plan for when and where to get vaccinated you can visit for more outrage is growing tonight over that disturbing traffic stop caught on camera. police pepper spraying an active duty army officer in uniform late today, virginia's governor ordered an independent investigation. blaine alexander has more. >> reporter: the shocking traffic stop plays out from three different camera angles >> get out of the car! >> reporter: this army
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lieutenant dressed in uniform pulled over my two virginia police officers, stopped, according to the incident report because his blac suv had dark tinted windows and no license plate. >> what's going on >> get out of the car now. >> reporter: lazario, who is black and latino, pulled out his own cell phone to record the encounter, which escalated when officers told him to get out of the car. >> take your hands outside the window. >> my hands are right here what's going on. >> reporter: he is now suing both officers claiming they illegally detained him and threatened to murder him in the lawsuit he alleges the officer shouted conflicting commands, at one point threatening that he would ride the lightening, a slang term for the electric chair, the suit alleges. >> i'm honestly afraid to get out. >> you should be get out. >> reporter: moments later, an officer pulls out pepper spray. >> i didn't do anything whoa hold on. what's going -- hold on >> it's like watching a train wreck.
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it starts bad, and it gets worse. >> reporter: in the incident report officers say he was actively resisting. >> you made this way more difficult than it had to be. you just comply. get on the ground. get on the ground now! >> reporter: nbc news reached out to the windsor police department in the incident report, one officer wrote, he could have faced several charges including obstruction of justice, but the officer did not want to see his military career ruined by poor judgment what was it that made your client start recording? >> when you are a person of color, unfortunately it is safer to record it if he hadn't, we wouldn't have known what went on. >> and, blaine, virginia's governor is speaking out now. >> absolutely, kate. he is calling for state police to investigate this incident there are two things we need to note here one, he did have temporary plates on his vehicle, something one of the officers noted in an incident report and, secondly, the officers called this a high-risk traffic
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stop, saying that because he slowed down but kept driving for about a minute and after those blue lights were activated. his attorney says that essentially it was a dark road he was driving on he wanted to stop in a lit area so he kept going to the gas station ahead. kate >> all right blaine alexander, thank you. the funeral for prince philip is officially set for next weekend prince harry may already be on his way back to the uk for it, his first trip since that explosive interview with oprah other members of the royal family gathered today to pay tribute to their father. keir simmons reports from london. >> reporter: a day of church services for prince philip. >> the duke of edenburgh may rest in peace and rising glory. >> the duke of edinburgh passed peacefully his daughter-in-law told church goers. it was right for him it was so gentle it was like somebody took him by the hand
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and off he went. the end of an era and this weekend the next generation of royals marking this moment, speaking for the queen. >> she described it as this having left a huge void in her life. >> reporter: prince philip's daughter, princess ann, releasing a photo with her father and this emotional statement. you know it's going to happen, but you're never really ready, she says at windsor castle, preparation is underway for a small but televised funeral next saturday. prince harry expected to attend. his wife meghan too pregnant to travel william and harry will meet for the first time since that explosive oprah interview. the former british prime minister calling on the brothers to end any friction between them. >> the shared grief at the present time because of the death of their grandfather, i think is an ideal opportunity. i hope very much that it is possible to mend any rift that may exist. >> reporter: both are expected to walk behind prince philip's coffin at windsor castle, just as they did for their mom,
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princess diana tonight their grandmother, while in mourning, continues to think of others, an unending sense of duty shared by her late husband. keir simmons, nbc news london. there was another volcanic eruption in the caribbean today, and it is quickly turning into a humanitarian crisis on the island of st. vincent. now american cruise ships are pulling in to help evacuate residents. kathy park has late details. >> reporter: tonight the island of st. vincent on the verge of disaster after another volcanic eruption the lush caribbean island now looks more like a battle zone with a thick layer of ash coating nearly every corner of this country, while the strong smell of sulfur hangs in the air the prime minister described the ongoing crisis >> how bad is the situation right now, and would you say the conditions are
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worsening? >> both on the east and on the west covered in ash a lot of homes have been destroyed by the weight of the ash. my home village outside of my mom's house, the ash covered up to my ankle. >> reporter: roughly 16,000 have now evacuated the surrounding area today's explosion shut off water and knocked out power to much of the island, but cruise ships are now on deck to help with evacuations. carnival tweeting, we are awaiting next steps from st. vincent's government >> we have to manage all of this during the time of covid. we have managed the pandemic quite well. we have had only ten deaths. >> reporter: after decades of inactivity, the volcano has become more volatile following its first blast on friday. this satellite image shows eruptions intensifying tonight experts warn that the seismic unrest could last weeks. kathy park, nbc news
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the defense in the derek chauvin trial is expected to start this week, but the prosecution may call members of george floyd's family to the stand before they rest as soon as tomorrow. megan fitzgerald is covering the trial in minneapolis. >> reporter: anxiety in the twin cities as the prosecution prepares to rest its case, a family member of george floyd's is expected to take the stand this week. so far 35 witnesses have been called in the murder trial against derek chauvin. arguably, the biggest blow to the defense, the county medical examiner who did the autopsy on floyd. >> mr. floyd's use of fentanyl did not cause the subduel or neck restraint. his heart disease did not cause the subdual or the neck restraint.
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joining other experts who said floyd died because of the actions of law enforcement. >> there is no evidence to suggest he would have died that night except for the interactions with law enforcement. >> reporter: the defense will call their own witnesses this week. >> this week for the defense is a challenging week, but frankly it is the whole ball game. >> reporter: expected to make the case that floyd died from pre-existing health conditions and drug use, not the 9 minutes and 29 seconds that chauvin's knee was on floyd's neck >> the cause of death issue is the battleground because, you know, jurors are going to be impressed by the expert medical witnesses that the defense has lined up. >> reporter: and jurors may hear again from the prosecution's witness, officer nicole mackenzie, as the defense tries to make the case that bystanders distracted chauvin. >> it's very difficult to focus on th patient while there is other things around you if you don't feel safe. >> we have seen the videotape. we have seen remarkable civilian witnesses and expert witnesses, but there is still a battle brewing. >> reporter: a battle the entire nation is watching
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>> and megan is with us megan, the big question, will derek chauvin himself take the witness stand? >> reporter: kate, legal analysts say it is not likely because the scope of cross-examination is so broad taking the witness stand would open chauvin up to questions about past police conduct complaints as well as potential instances of prejudice and bias kate >> all right, megan. thank you. still ahead tonight, an nbc news exclusive. a congressman opening up for the first time about his mental health struggles after the january 6th u.s. capitol attack. also, how the pandemic may be making your seasonal allergies better
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tonight we're starting our week long series at nbc news called "american extremism. we begin with an exclusive conversation with one of the congressmen inside the capitol during those deadly riots on january 6th. now for the first time, he's talking about the serious physical and mental toll it's taken. hallie jackson has more >> reporter: it's one of the most familiar and chilling scenes from january 6th officers, guns drawn in the house chamber behind the doors, the insurrectionists >> [ bleep ] >> take your pins off. >> reporter: behind the camera, congressman dan kildee huddled in the gallery documenting
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it that was january 6th here we are three and a half months later almost what happened in those interim weeks to you >> i went home i thought i was fine it was after i got home and i started looking at some of the video from the event i thought it was a few dozen people it was hundreds and hundreds of people, violent people and that triggered an emotional and physical reaction i had a lot of tension in my chest and breathing was difficult. i became really irritable. >> reporter: you were feeling stressed, anxious. you were having chest pains? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: a friend in congress suggested killde reach out to dr. jim gordon, who has worked everywher from kosavo to portland kildee called him and the doctor immediately recognized signs of immediate stress. >> i worked in war
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zones, after school shooting, with war traumatized vets and what dan was experiencing, as he talked about it, is what people experience all the symptoms he just described to you, these are all fight or flight that's being prolonged. >> reporter: but they're supposed to go away. >> but they didn't go away, and they have not gone away for so many people. and they're still there for people who have not attended to them. >> reporter: does it feel at all strange to be sitting alongside a therapist as a member of congress talking publically now for the first time about your own mental health challenges >> yeah. i mean, this is not something i ever expected to experience, not something that i anticipated. but i'm just really grateful that we connected and that i was able to get help when i needed it the most. >> reporter: their sessions almost every saturday have helped and so do the mentation techniques gordon taught. the congressman hoping opening up now will help others do the same. >> most people who experience trauma don't experience it in real-time on every network across the
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world. they do it privately, quietly, painfully, silently, alone. and, so, if i can speak to them, that's what i want to do. >> reporter: hallie jackson, nbc news washington. coming up, the surprising reason your seasonal allergies may be more manageable this year. plus, the father-son salute that moved so many to tears.
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if you're like me, maybe you've noticed your seasonal allergy symptoms don't seem quite so bad this year doctors are seeing it, too. they say it's becaus so many of us are wearing masks. nbc's senior medical correspondent dr. john torres has the details.
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>> reporter: lisa gunter in macon, georgia, is one of the more than 24 million americans suffering from seasonal allergies, a reaction to pollen from grass, trees, weed and flowers. >> i've had allergies all my life. runny eyes, itching, having a lot of frequent throat clearing >> reporter: now with people getting out after months inside during the pandemic, they're starting to hit across the country. >> if your allergies are bugging you this time of year, you're not alone. >> the trees are still budding, so that pollen remains very, very high. >> reporter: but now some allergy experts are noticing something different. >> we're finding is that in the past year patients with pollen allergies, because they're wearing their masks, because they're wearing goggles decrease potential virus exposure, they're getting the added benefit of having improvement in their allergic symptoms. >> reporter: why are you seeing people with less outdoor allergies?
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>> so, by wearing a mask, you are automatically decreasing exposure to the little particulates that cause the allergic reaction >> reporter: lisa gunter says it's working for her. >> wearing the mask and showering and avoiding the pollen is just kind of my routine. >> reporter: which works best n95s a disposable mask changed after each outside exposure or a cloth mask washed daily with hot water it's something lisa does following her afternoon walks. this doctor says wha they're learning this year could lead to a shift in practice. cutting down on flus, cutting down on the cold and now it's even cutting down on seasonal allergies. >> it really does make a difference. >> reporter: a difference to help millions find relief and enjoy the outdoors dr. john torres, nbc news when we come back, why this salute is touching so many
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there's good new tonight about family honor, and an emotional father-son salute capturing a different side of military service >> reporter: it's one of the most important moments in a young officer's life, a commissioning ceremony >> ladies and gentlemen, second lieutenant michael fisher >> reporter: this one last month marking the moment candidate michael fischer was promoted to an officer in the united states marine corps the tradition centuries old made even more special when his hero, his own father, honored him with his first salute. >> it is a privilege to render you your first salute. >> reporter: the master sergeant choking back tears, his voice breaking as he celebrated his
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son's success. >> it is a greater honor to say, congratulations, sir, on your commissioning. >> reporter: a father and son now forever linked by service. >> it was a moment we've kind of dreamed of since i was a little kid. >> i saw this young man work hard to get where he's at. you know, it is an accumulation of things that brought out all that emotion. >> reporter: that emotion striking a cord on social media it had more than six million views and so many comments. so many comments, even more tears than i expected such a special moment. congratulations. semper fi. >> growing up, i was always attached to my dad on the hip whether it was working in the garage, mowing the lawn, just running to the store i always wanted to be with my dad. >> reporter: at just 15 years old,
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lieutenant fisher joined the reserve officers training corps. his sights set on following in his dad's military footprints. >> there is a picture on my dad's wall, and it's me pinning on his last rank of sergeant. and it goes back to that moment when i was a kid. not foreseeing thi event but wanting him to be able to do that same thing for me. >> reporter: and now a commissioned officer in the marine corps. leading, learning an following an example set by his father. and always remembering his lifelong advice. >> just stay true to who you are and don't let people deter you from what you want to accomplish in life >> just love that. lieutenant fisher is starting flight school in october and plans on becoming a marine corps pilot. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday. lester holt will be with you tomorrow. i'm kate snow. for all of us here, stay safe and have a great night.
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a rally for change and it started at a historic location. gathering mountain view to fight hate against the asian community. more than 300 people gathered today to speak out against aapi hate and violence. they gathered where during world war ii some japanese americans boarded trains on route to internment camps. they marched to city hall and several people spoke. including


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